This is the view from the rooftop restaurant and bar of the hotel where I was staying in Tbilisi a few months ago. The hotel was situated at the edge of a steep hill overlooking the Old town. The nearest church, undergoing restorations just like most major buildings in the city, is the 13th century Metekhi Church. I have earlier shown a couple of interiors from that church. This was one of them.
Further back, on the slopes of the Sololaki ridge, you can see the walls of the mainly 8th century Narikala fortress and inside it the Church of St Nicholas. The church was destroyed by an explosion in the 19th century and rebuilt in recent years.
Below the hill, to the left, is a mosque from the late 19th century, probably the only still functioning mosque in the Georgian capital.
Below the nearest hill, not visible here, is the Mtkvari River. On the other side of the river you can see the spectacular Old town of Tbilisi, stretching further north (to the right from this angle) for some distance.
I have added two more views from this hotel as workshops.
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ourania (44326) 2012-09-05 9:17
the way we got familiar with this interesting city, little by little and through mostly unpredictable and original points of view is superb. This (as well as the first picture of the workshop)is wonderful and comprehensive. The structures, vegetation and details we find all over give us valuable information about the character of this place, old elements mingling with new ones. The bright light and the vivid colours make the view delightful and comfortable. Your notes are very enlightening too. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
saxo042 (37794) 2012-09-05 9:39
Jag tycker nästan att den här gamla borgruinen ser ut som en kuliss som har byggts upp i Hollywood. Jag nästan anar den där skylten längs sluttningen i bakgrunden. Fast detta är säkert äkta vara... En synnerligen vacker vy! De andra bilderna är också mycket intressanta, speciellt den med utsikten från ditt rum. Hur mycket kostade ditt rum och hur mycket skulle du fått betala för en bättre utsikt?
pasternak (15183) 2012-09-05 9:48
Nice view from one of my favorite cities, interesting to see how it looks like today, haven't been there since 1990...
bayno (18344) 2012-09-05 10:39
looking the other WS the city looks like a amazing mix of ancient and modern, the church seems to romanesque and the castle with its old walls Bg is wonderful, excellent POV and depth, a nice light and beautiful colors, such as always great job in perfect style TE...
dta (77135) 2012-09-05 10:49
A very intersting view of the city . We can see that there are splendid old churches and fortess , little red roofed houses , but also some modern buildings (on the left) .
rychem (34591) 2012-09-05 10:52
Beautiful wide panorama view of Tbilisi, interesting church, mighty fortress. Perfectly done
jemaflor (96057) 2012-09-05 11:51
Nice composition, good choice for this pov, interesting architecture, good light and colors management.
fabbs99 (17133) 2012-09-05 12:29
Excellent landscape photograph captured with a lot of passion and interest.Lovely scene with framing and sharpness.I like the clarity of the image as well as the blue sky.Nice job done.
ACL1978 (7511) 2012-09-05 13:40
What a wonderful addition to the series you have going in Tbilisi, Gert - no question this would make a beautiful postcard, with its line of medieval walls and towers and another dominating the FG. I'd decied long ago that I want to travel to the Caucasus region, but your photos have helped promote it up the list.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-09-05 15:35
a very spectacular view with amazing architectural details, the composition is superb, beautiful lights and colours. Great shot, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
Ps: Thank you for your kind words to my 1700th post
CanmoreKevin (2111) 2012-09-05 18:15
I like how the wall leads the viewer up the hillside. Nice contrast of orange roofs and greenery. Nicely done.
emka (95249) 2012-09-05 22:09
Hi Gert, Interesting set of photos. Beautiful postcards and interesting note to it. The both churches look very similar, but this father has impressive fine walls around it. I like this unusual bridge in WS. And there is a strange monument on the right, something like huge statue.
Excellent presentation of Old Tbilisi.
Graal (102622) 2012-09-06 0:25
an interesting presentation from Tbilisi. Good 3 images. Amazing contrst between the modern bridge and old houses. Here nice view of houses and defensive walls in BG (like in China). Solid photowork and informations.
Have a nice day.
dkmurphys (57514) 2012-09-06 1:31
Very picturesque capture with the hill fortified walls and the rocky churches. Well composed, enjoy a fine day.
Nicou (140072) 2012-09-06 5:43
quelle vue sur cette ville sueprbe avec toutes ces tours fantastique cpatage et iamge superbe compo, cette église, ce château cette belle lumirèe sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
eldancer1 (36343) 2012-09-06 9:22
Awesome pov and capture of this lovely city. Great lighting and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
mesutilgim (94562) 2012-09-06 12:28
Nice postcard from Tibilisi, with good pov showing almost all important structures of the city.
Goodv pov, good layout and many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
rbassin (22651) 2012-09-06 12:29
Belle photo de cet ensemble d'architecture, belle intégration dans le paysage.
Lumière et point de vue bien gérés.
marabu61 (10775) 2012-09-06 13:53
Postcard fits this photo perfectly. I never realized that Tblisi was set in such nice surroundings, so another lesson learnt here on TE. This is a wonderful view over the old city and the surounding hills.
Thanks for sharing
abmdsudi (53051) 2012-09-06 19:18
I like the angle you have chosen which works well against that sky. It looks close enough to the buildings near the fg but the placement of the prominent Church is so vital and effective being the main puller into this scene, full of contents of a cute small historic town surrounded by soothing lush greenery. Exposure is fine given the conditions with very fine clarity and colors rendering much definition to the scene. This is competent piece of work, every inch is productive and a pleasure to view.
Tks to the infornotes and additional pictures guiding us through. Well done, TFS
mjdundee (4663) 2012-09-08 4:17
everything seems present here from the very early time through the middle ages up to the 22nd century.
Well spottet. Georgia is definitelly one of the cradles of mankind.
Have a nice WE.
pajaran (59541) 2012-09-08 14:23
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o Crkvi i starom gradu ...
Lep pogled na Crkvu i stari grad.
Dobar ostrina, kontrast i perspektiva, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija, lepa arhitektura.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje za vikend.
Very interesting and good text on the Church and the old town ...
A nice view of the church and the old town.
Good sharpness, contrast and perspective, beautiful colors.
Good composition, beautiful architecture.
Good evening and all the best for the weekend.
mohammad_H (9904) 2012-09-08 23:33
Good resolution and boasts a clever look at the monuments and churches
Trees in the foreground to balance the scale of harmony with photographs and camera angle support
Have a nice day
COSTANTINO (64208) 2012-09-09 2:28
your are lucky photographer travelling
all over the world and taking photos
the right timing,the bright light and
the vivid colors make this view delightful
old churches,castles,interesting architectural
details very wellcomposed
mkamionka (35884) 2012-09-09 14:24
great views indeed good choice of the hotel.
This one is so pretty showing the beautiful church in a typical for this area style and another one further in the distance. Very interesting.
npecanhuk (74878) 2012-09-09 14:43
So interesting to see so many details from a place that's so far away from me! Special regards to the ancient architectural details of some structures here and there!
TFS - congrats,
serp2000 (43800) 2012-09-11 9:41
Excuse me, how much this postcard? And in Georgian Lari?
Why not? Excellent presentation of the old\new Tiflis\ Tbilisi. Well done, Gert. Another good report from this lovely country. Thanks for this informative note too.
adramad (44888) 2012-09-11 10:38
Superb panoramic, little known in this city and in this extraordinary picture shows his great charm, with the walls of the castle on top of hill, interesting church we see in the foreground, I like their shapes and volumes.
Superb sharpness and beautiful colors very natural.
Angshu (56750) 2012-09-18 21:35
A nice high POV which provides a sweeping view of the city. I am quite struck with the similarity between the Metekhi church in the FG & the Narikala fortress in the BG. The entire town nestles well on the hill slopes. Well done!
Miguel82 (27674) 2013-07-30 5:02
What a beautiful post card of Georgia capital city Gert,
You found an excellent pov, superb colors, good sky condition and I can have a view of the architecture